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How to Crochet a Ripple Skirt

DSCN0801This is a pretty easy skirt to make and the best part is that the holes aren’t large, so you won’t be able to see through it.  To avoid making anyone feel self-conscious or uncomfortable, I’m not going to give specific numbers for sizes or anything like that.  Instead, I’m going to walk you through how to create your own zigzag-style skirt that will work best for you.

First of all, I did not get to use the color I wanted because the one I was using has unfortunately been discontinued.  For this project, you will most likely need at least three skeins of the Loops & Threads Country Loom brand of yarn.  I’d recommend getting as much as you can so that you don’t get screwed over like I did.  Since I couldn’t use the color I wanted, I used the one in the picture to the right, “Solarium.”  I used a 5.00 mm, or H/8 crochet hook for the skirt, which makes it easier to work with the yarn without having huge gaps.

What you’ll have to do first is create the chained row, which you should not measure around your waist.  When I had been using the other color, I made this mistake and when I tried it on halfway through the project, I couldn’t get it past my rear, so I had to start over again.  The chain row should be a multiple of thirteen and it should be loose around you.  Once you’ve gotten that far, add another fourteen (or twenty-seven, depending on how loose you want it) stitches.

After you have finished your chain row, connect it with a slip stitch to create a loop and chain once.  Make sure you don’t cut off the end of the yarn, as you’ll need it later on.  Now, single crochet all the way to the end of the loop.  If it’s twisted, you can turn it around with another slip stitch.  Once you’ve done that, you’re ready for  the repetition.

DSCN0804To begin your new row, single crochet once in the next five stitches.  In the following stitch, single crochet three times.  Single crochet once in the following fives stitches and skip the next two stitches.  Keep doing this until you reach the end of the row.  Chain once and turn.

Repeat the pattern in bold as many times as you need until you get the length you want.  If you’re crazy like me, you can tighten each stitch as you made.  If not, the only stitches I would recommend tightening are those which are made after you skip the two stitches.  Otherwise, you’ll be left with a giant hole–and I’d like to think that those who use this pattern will not be standing on the street corner.

Once you are satisfied with the length of the skirt, you can fasten off.  Now, you have two options.  You can either leave the skirt as it is, or you can make the top straighter so that both ends don’t have the zigzag effect.

If you’d like to make the top straight, attach the yarn to the point where you started (it may be easier to attach it to the yarn that’s already hanging off from your first chain).  Once you have attached it, continue the pattern you had been doing, but instead of single crocheting three times in the top stitches, single crochet only once.  So you would single crochet eleven times and skip two stitches.  Repeat that process until the end of the row.

For the second row, single crochet nine times and skip two stitches.  This is also repeated until the end of the row.  If you hadn’t guessed, for the third row you have to single crochet seven times and skip two stitches.  Repeat that until you reach the end.  I stopped there because I didn’t want the top to be too straight.  If you’d like to continue, the next row should be: single crochet five times, skip two, repeat.

That’s basically it.  See?  I told you it was simple.  It’s pretty quick to make, too.  It’s just a matter of not separating the yarn when you insert the hook into a hole.  Enjoy!

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